TheNewspaper.com Roundup: September 19, 2016

The Newspaper.com Weekly Roundup blog post will now appear on Mondays with stories featured from the following week. We hope reading this roundup will get you started on the right foot every week in learning a little bit more in the world of motorists’ rights! To check out all the Driving News find us on the National Motorists Association website at www.motorists.org, then click News!

Friday, September 16, 2016
Texas Lawmakers Review Cost Of Eliminating Toll Roads
Texas lawmakers interested removing the toll booths from state highways were hit by sticker shock on Wednesday. The state Senate Transportation Committee on Wednesday heard testimony from Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) witnesses who explained that the total cost of going toll-free would be $36.7 billion due to the complex nature of the transactions involved.

Thursday, September 15, 2016
Corpus Christi, Texas Residents Seek Camera Ban
A group of motorists in Corpus Christi, Texas want to see the city’s red-light camera program come to an end. The city council may decide next week to give up its lucrative contract with Redflex Traffic Systems, the scandal-plagued Australian contractor placed in charge of the devices. Members on Tuesday heard arguments on both sides of the issue but put off making a decision on the matter.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Virginia Supreme Court Endorses Permanent Toll Hikes
State politicians love toll roads because they can outsource the responsibility for toll increases to private companies that are not accountable to voters. Central to this strategy is the ability to hike rates outside of the control of the political process, a principle upheld last Thursday by the Virginia Supreme Court. The decision thwarted the attempts of the Loudoun County board of supervisors to rein in the rates on behalf of their constituents.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Redflex Bagman Sentenced, Bribe Recipient Appeals
The red-light camera bribery scandal will not be going away any time soon. John Bills, the former Chicago, Illinois transportation official convicted of taking $2,032,959 in bribes from Redflex Traffic Systems of Australia appealed his ten-year prison sentence to the Seventh Circuit US Court of Appeals on Saturday.

Monday, September 12, 2016
DC, France: Speed Cameras Attacked
Vigilantes took care of a controversial speed camera last week, according to WTOP radio. The automated ticketing machine on Interstate 295 had been positioned on the shoulder of the highway, creating a hazard. The device has been removed to repair the unspecified damage.

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